This paper is a brief discussion of calling, vocation, and spiritual formation as it relates to Chinese Christians in mission service and the churches that send them.
Originally written as an assignment in the author’s doctoral program, the paper is based on interviews with Chinese Christians about their journey of spiritual formation, their life callings, and vocational stewardship. Other relevant research is also included.
In the paper the author discusses several misconceptions about calling, vocation, and spiritual formation in the Chinese church that may hinder the effective advancement of Chinese mission mobilization and training.
She then proposes possible ways to combat these misconceptions in the Chinese church through teaching and practice in the areas of holistic missional emphasis in church ministry, appropriate teaching on the theology of work and vocation, and emphasis on whole life discipleship as central to the pre-field training of missionary candidates.
Questions for reflection are included in the paper as well as the original interview questions, and a list of helpful resources.
The author, Qiao Liang 良巧 (pseudonym), has served in Asia since 1999 and has been involved with training for Asian cross-cultural workers since 2006. While currently doing doctoral studies in education, the facilitation of cross-cultural training and coaching resources for Chinese missionaries remains a joyful area of service.
Qiao Liang 良巧 (pseudonym) served in Asia since 1999 and has been involved with training for Asian cross-cultural workers since 2006. While presently focusing on doctoral studies in education, facilitation of cross-cultural training and coaching resources for Chinese missionaries remains a joyful area of service.View Full Bio